If it’s March in Tennessee, that means it’s TSSAA time at MTSU – and time for temporary traffic changes too. The TSSAA Division One High School Basketball Tournaments – this week for the girls and next week for boys – will cause changes in parking and traffic patterns on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, which is again hosting the events. As a result, motorists should be aware of several factors affecting roads and parking.
• The Greenland Drive parking lot will be reserved for TSSAA ticketholders during both tournaments, and vehicles must pay $5 to park there. Students and faculty who use the Greenland Drive lot should prepare now to find alternative parking on campus.
• MTSU’s East Main Street, Blue Raider Drive and Rutherford Boulevard entrances will be the most convenient campus entry points during the tournaments.
• Team buses again will park on the east side of Middle Tennessee Boulevard in what is usually the right northbound lane.
• The Champions Way entrance from Greenland Drive will be closed this week. All eastbound traffic on Greenland Drive will be directed to Rutherford Boulevard to park in both the large gravel and paved lots. Campus traffic will be allowed to exit campus via Champion Way to Greenland Drive, however. MTSU will be on spring break next week, during the second tournament, and no classes will be held.